Kane residents again criticize borough operation

It appears that a group of Kane residents will continue to show up at borough council meetings to criticize the borough operation."We're here for the duration," spokesman Mick Petruney of 321 Kearney St. said Monday as he read a four-page statement to assail the borough government.He is a vocal member of the group that he said has been meeting on a regular basis to discuss the borough operation-- and a property tax hike adopted earlier this year.In his message, Petruney said the borough is "heading down a path" that is "not sustainable." He said Kane has lost population and industry and has many "empty storefronts.""The only thing that hasn't changed is borough spending," he said. "We're not Santa Claus. We can't be giving things away."According to Petruney, council is "penalizing the people who are paying taxes" by adopting the 1.5-mill property tax hike this year. He called for council to "open your eyes" to see the "real problems" in Kane.Petruney said the citizens' group has obtained information from other municipalities and is "here to show you what might be able to be cut" in the budget. "We have a lot of information," he said.Petruney was part of a standing-room-only crowd at the 92-minute council meeting at the borough building on Bayard Street. He was one of several speakers to offer criticism. All speakers were followed by applause from the residents at the meeting.George Barron of 417 Chase St., a retired State Police trooper, said council is "forcing me out of my house" by raising property taxes. He said his retirement income hasn't been raised, yet he is expected to pay $124 more in borough-county property taxes this year.He believes council needs to "use fiscal restraint" and make budget cuts rather than increase taxes.Barron also accused the council members of "mumbling" among themselves "like little school children." He called for council to acquire a public address system because the residents assembled at the rear of the room "are entitled to know what's going on" during conversations at the council table.See full article by purchasing the March 13 edition of The Kane Republican.